Week 10 of the NFL season offers a lot of fascinating matchups
November 11, 2017 8:22 AM
by Bob Christ
Week 10 of the NFL season offers a lot of fascinating matchups this week regardless of records. Will the Browns finally get their first win of the season while in Detroit? How will the Cowboys fare without their workhorse running back, who is officially suspended?
Dallas Cowboys (5-3) at Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
Time: 1:25 p.m.
Line: Falcons by 3 (48.5)
Facts: Dallas begins a four-game stretch (it probably will be six) without suspended leading ground gainer Zeke Elliott... In the teams’ most recent meeting, a 39-28 Falcons win in Dallas in 2015, Atlanta overcame a 14-0 deficit thanks in large part to 164 receiving yards from Julio Jones (ankle) and 141 rush yards by Devonta Freeman (knee). Both are probable... Dallas showed its offensive muscle in a 28-17 home win over KC last week, scoring TDs on all four first-and-goal possessions... The Falcons’ offense is well off last year’s league-best pace of 58 offensive TDs. At the halfway point in 2017, Atlanta has 18... Dallas averages 4.8 yards a rush. But Elliott was only at 4.1, a yard shy of his 2016 average.
Analysis: What’s going to help Dallas overcome the loss of their offensive linchpin is a midrange passing game that features Cole Beasley and Dez Bryant (questionable, knee/ankle), who both have nine receptions of 20-plus yards, tied for fourth in the league. Plus, backup RB Alfred Morris, the presumed starter, will be showing off fresh legs after having only 14 carries, but that includes a 70-yard run. And as far as a home-field advantage goes, it didn’t work out too well for the Falcons in their past two outings, losing outright to Buffalo as an 8.5-point choice and then to Miami as a 13.5-point choice the week after their bye.
Forecast: Cowboys 28, Falcons 26